8Minutenergy secures approval for solar project in Los Angeles


8Minutenergy has secured approval from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for the Eland Solar and Storage Center project in Los Angeles, California.

The project comprises two solar farms with a total capacity of 400MW and a battery storage system of up to 1,200MWh.

LADWP has unanimously approved the power purchase agreements for the project. Claimed to be a direct result of the zero-carbon vision laid out in Mayor Garcetti’s Green New Deal, the project is expected to be vital for Los Angeles in reaching its renewable energy goals of 55% by 2025, 80% by 2036 and 100% by 2045.

At present, LADWP receives 31% of its energy from renewable sources and the solar and storage project is expected to increase the number by up to 7.1%. The project could also help in preventing up to 727,360 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Eland Solar and Storage Center project will be located on 2,650 acres in Kern County, California, and will help in meeting the peak demand and reduce the need for natural gas at night or on cloudy days. The project will generate energy to power 283,330 homes across Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “The climate crisis has never been more dire, but the solutions have never been clearer or cheaper — and Los Angeles is investing in renewable energy and cleaning our air as part of my DWP reform agenda.

“The Eland Solar and Storage Center will help us keep the lights on without the help of dirty fossil fuels — even when the sun isn’t shining — and power our progress toward a low-carbon, green-energy future.”

The project, which was selected from a pool of 130 proposals, is expected to be built in two phases. The project was selected for its low price of less than 2 cents per kWh of solar power, claimed to be the lowest in the US.

8Minutenergy will also cover the costs associated with the development, maintenance and operation of the facility.

The company has signed a project labour agreement with labour unions in Kern County to ensure that the project will generate jobs in the region. It could create up to 700 jobs during the 14-month construction period and will employ 40 people for long-term operation and maintenance when the project is operational.


Image: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power approves solar and energy storage project. Photo: Courtesy of Robert Jones/Pixabay.

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